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Sightings

Peter Kevin O'Duffy

Gilwern hill quarries

Sat 12th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Wheatear

Male Wheatear at quarries this am.

Chris Forster Brown

Mitchel Troy

Thu 10th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Chiffchaff

Quick lunchtime walk in Mitchel Troy, both chiffchaff and blackcap singing from scrubby woodland on way up to Mitchel Troy common. This was the same location I heard blackcap a few weeks ago (early February?) Neither singing strongly, but great to hear them anyway.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 9th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Common Gull

Afternoon visit with 45 species seen, highlights were 2 Chiffchaffs (contact calls), Pheasant, Stonechat, 21 Redwings with a single Fieldfare mixed in and a male Reed Bunting. Hide one – Shelduck and 2 Curlew (one colour-ringed bird). Redshank platform – Spotted Redshank with 9 Common Redshanks, 29 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 26 Teal, 16 Wigeon and a Gt Black-backed Gull over. Seawall – 48 Avocet flew overhead and settled on second lagoon, 2 Common Gull on the foreshore quite close n, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, distant Dunlin, 2 Cormorants and 41 Black Headed Gulls (most with full breeding hoods). Hide three – 279 more Wigeon, 1 Heron, 4 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 1 Ringed Plover and a male Marsh Harrier hunting twice. Finally, a pair of Tufted Ducks were from the Snipe platform. Other: Teal feather remains.

Chris Forster Brown

Mitchel Troy

Wed 9th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Hawfinch

A longish walk around the village of Mitchel Troy early this morning, with the main aim of looking/listening for lesser spotted woodpecker. No luck with these, but an interesting mix of species anyway. This included at least 12 hawfinch in and around the church, with a group of nine sitting at the tops of trees and another three flying over at the same time. At least four greenfinch singing in the village and at least six separate mistle thrush singing. A dipper on the Trothy behind the church. On the higher fields behind the village were three skylark singing, small groups of redwing and 25 fieldfare. In one of these fields were 80+ common gull. The only woodpecker was great spotted, with three separate individuals.

Verity Picken

Gwent

Wed 9th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Curlew

Curlews seen at two more former breeding sites this morning! There are doubtless more out there so listen hard and send any records to Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk . Small flocks of Fieldfare and Skylarks singing.

Allan Dowson

Magor Marsh

Mon 7th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Chiffchaff

2-Chiffchaffs around the hide area,migrants or over winterers,no way of knowing.4-Grey Herons already nesting and a vocal Cetti’s Warbler.12h00-13h00.

Kevin Hewitt

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 6th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Yellowhammer over

Amongst 58 species seen on a morning HT visit, the highlight was a Yellowhammer flying east over the Redshank viewing platform at 10.45ish. The bird was calling as it flew over along with half a dozen Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. It was a hark back to my early days on the farmland in Nottinghamshire in the early ’80s.

tony & jan jenkins

river Wye

Sun 6th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Mandarin

Afternoon walk along river to Redbrook spotted 2 pairs of Mandarin and several pairs of Canadas displaying on the river

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 5th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Waders

Dawn visit until and hour after high tide. Main highlights – Avocet 62 in largest flock seen. Black Tailed Godwits 100c ( including 1 x Knot). Dunlins 300c. Female Marsh Harrier and Buzzard.
Spotted Redshank remains on Monks.

Graham Roberts

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 5th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Marsh Harrier

Down at Goldcliff today. The sun was fairly low but the highlight was seeing a Marsh Harrier being mobbed by a couple of crows. The lowlight was my partner lost her Rayban sunglasses somewhere between the first hide and the road. We had a look around but couldn’t find them. If anyone on the off chance picked them up could they contact me via this site. Thank you

Verity Picken

Gwent

Sat 5th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Curlew

Curlew pair back on breeding site this morning! Probably others in the county too so please keep a look-out and don’t forget to send your sightings (or heards) to Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk .

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 4th Mar 2022

Main sighting: Grey Plover

Highlights of hightide count it was good to see numbers of waders on Monk’s lagoon. Grey Plover 1 Dunlin171 Spotted Redshank 1 Avocet 44 Black-tailed Godwit 55 Oystercatcher 12 Curlew 60 Ringed Plover1 Pintail 6 Brent Goose 1 Red Kite 1 Buzzard 4 Marsh Harrier 2 Kestrel 1 Great B/B Gull 2 Common Gull 2 ( other gulls with far off BHG flock were thought to be Common) Redwing 5. Lots of birds on foreshore.

Next event

May
26
Sun
2024
8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Ninewells Car Park  SO 51495 03853 at 08:30 Moderate 2-3 hour walk